Grateful Dead Live at The Spectrum on 1995-03-19
- Live concert
- Grateful Dead
- DeadLists Project
SchoepsMK4> ReutelheuberBox> DenonDTR80p> SonyD7 Taping Section; DAT> CDr; via Dan Sisler; Seeded to etree by Tim Wiley
- 2006-03-18 04:45:36
- Schoeps MK4 (OTS) > ReutelheuberBox > DenonDTR80p > Sony D7
- Philadelphia, PA
- Audience: Schoeps mk4's
- Taped by
- Transferred by
- Dan Sisler and Tim Wiley
- The Spectrum
Subject: Phil buying a magazine
He had an " adult" magazine in his hands , glancing though it. Since I didn't look the part of someone who was at the show the night before, I went right up to him and said" Great breakout of Unbroken Chain last night. Thanks!"
Phil barely looked up. So I ask " Phil , what are you doing here?"
I'm buying a magazine..."
Subject: Amazing as always
Subject: never forget
Subject: Poor show!
One of the previous reviewers is right about the 2nd set song selection, especially before drums. It was bad enough they could barely play as a group competently anymore, but all these new songs were quite bad. It all started with Dayjob, Victim and Foolish Heart. Then it went downhill from there with Wave to The Wind, Corrina, etc... You can salm me all you want, but that's the truth.
Subject: Flexible Criteria
Yes, I prefer by a wide margin 69-77 to nearly everything after, but this show moves me. Period.
That makes it a five-star show in my book.
Subject: concur with roxy
Take out unbroken chain and you have 30 mins of music before the band takes the hour break. 35 plus if you add the UC. That doesn't seem to bother people but it disturbs me. This is the time when i fianlly said no more. When i cared more about the music then the band did. WTGH Corrina, matilda in the second set? Brutal
Subject: For what it was... and never will be, again.
Anyway, for the folks (such as myself and others) that were fortunate enough to attend a great number of Dead shows (and Jerry shows, for that matter)over the years will all probably agree upon this one point- after 89', you pretty much went to a show not expecting a "whole" hell of a lot. That is, the "whole" show itself was not anything to write home about, but there was always something, somewhere during a set that left a smile on your face as you were strolling back to the parking lot, and that time, it was "Unbroken Chain."
For example, the previous night (3/18) the "Visions of Johanna" they played was the most incredible thing I had seen them do in years... still smiling about that one. Another one that I remember very, very well was the opener at Shoreline (7/2/94) Music> Sugaree> Music... another "grinner."
The point is, Jerry's gone, The Dead's gone, JGB's gone, and we should all be thankful that we got the opportunity to see them play, even if it wasn't "all that great" because we will never be able to again.
Subject: wish upon a falling star
My first show was Baltimore May 26th,1977 and my last was Pittsburgh 1995. I have logged well over 1000 shows all over this wonderful globe. I just want to ask a few simple questions -What would you do to hear Jerry one more time preform? What will you tell people who never got the opportunity to see the Grateful Dead? How will you spread the spiritual energy that Jerry freely offered for so many years?
As a great author once wrote - "The Critic" who stands on the sideline is the true loser, for he/she will never know the feeling of winning or losing, and the greatness it takes to pick oneself, skinned knees and continue to struggle onward to the finish.
Jerry picked himself up so many times and in his own way carried us all thriugh ,amy tough times. How many of you put an old tape into the deck and let his playing ease your own souls. It is up to us now to shed light and not to master.Time to join the heart of gold band. Time to stretch out your hand to a stranger and help fill their cup with love.
I hope that as all things change and evolve that I continue to experience all the great deadheads that have shown me the light for so many years.
Peace and be well
Subject: Were You There?
Subject: You'll Dance To Anything
How do you expect Jerry to have CARED enough to clean up his act and health, and practiced, or anything, if his fans a. always boo'd or talked real loud all through any opening act; b. would cheer and clap like a Pavlov dog for the most obvious ticket-selling hype move, such as breaking out a studio experiment...
Didn't anyone notice that the song was mostly played and sung by everyone EXCEPT Jerry? They were getting ready, boys and girls...
Subject: below average show
This show isn't very good, it's cool they played "Unbroken Chain" but that one fact doesn't mean they're playing well. Sound isn't bad.
Subject: Hey DancingWolf
Yes Skuzzlebutt's review is pretty pointy and he's hard on the audience but I have noticed that he and a number of other certain frequent reviewers are known for being brutally frank in their dislike of the mid-90s Dead sound and the scene in general. The criticism that the Dead audience was ruled over by an "uncritical majority" is nothing new and has been commented on by numerous people both inside and outside the GD organization. This shouldnb't be new or suprising news to you. Get over it.
As for this show I will be brief and say that while I do not find it to be truly bad, I do think it is strictly mediocre and will likely not listen to it again.
Subject: They Should Have And Could Have Done It Anytime
Better late than never. It's an ok show even without the surprise breakout.
Mostly I'm mad I wasn't there; I used to see lots of Spectrum shows. Oh well
Better "memorex" than nothing :)
Subject: hey skuzzlebutt
what you will obviously never understand is that by the end... we all knew the end was near... and it was a family get together, by then, more than a "rock concert."
it does not matter one iota, one speck, what you think of the "sad" scene, because what you don't get, and may never understand, is that the band was our house band by then. you were probably one of the idiot gate crashers or nitrous salesmen who came to binge on our fun but never found love in your heart and so you have to criticize the rest of us who, for at least a while... truly had a home. it just happened to be in a different city every night. i remember thinking, sometime in '94, when i was already on to a career and not seeing the dead much... that i never really needed to hear Stella Blue again or Brokedown Palace... 'cause I saw them, heard them so many times... and now... I'd give anything just to be back in the room with Jerry on his worst night playing even the most over played songs.
i guess, because i did go on to a career and even opening my own software business and had to sacrifice the last few years of shows, that i'm a little bit bitter when i read some of these reviews. i don't mind so much when people are critical of technical aspects of the performance, 'cause, c'mon, i was there, too... but to call the crowd "sad" for cheering the boys when they took the stage... man, get a life and find a woman and learn how to love and be loved... because you obviously have some issues to resolve. the only thing "sad"... is that Jerry isn't at the party any more and it just ain't the same without him.
and yeah... i was at this show. and eternally grateful for this one and every one. thank you, Jerry!
Subject: Why Wait so Long for an Unbroken Chain???
Sorry folks, I gave this show a bad rating (I was at the show, and it sounded bad, luckily I was high!
Subject: Jerry's 'old' voice
Subject: Not quite the Dead we know and love
Subject: So Sad
I will argue this point: the debut of the Unbroken Chain makes this not near to being one of the worst shows. I believe that distinction should go to the las Giants Stadium show... check out the Wharf Rat and you'll see what I mean. Still, one of the first reviewers made a good point: I'd really love to see a "bad" Dead show nowadays, because even a bad one could still be fun. Sigh.
Subject: Stella Blue jam bonds me with my "gods"
Subject: All about the gesture
Kudos to the reviewer who said that the audience seemed just to be cheering the band's presence. By 1995 things definitely had deteriorated to the point where the mere gesture was enough- every song or half hearted attempt at a jam, no matter how poorly executed, was met with an ear-splitting roar of approval. Sad, really.
Subject: First Unbroken Chain
And I could never say that a Dead show was bad.
Subject: I was there
Subject: Agreed- A Lousy Show
Subject: SIng it Jerry!
Subject: Unbroken Chain
Plus the versions that Phil did later with "The Dead" and "Phil and Friends" are better.
Subject: unborken chain!
Subject: Historic show
This run of shows was the last time I saw the Dead in my hometown of Philadelphia, so there are some real vivid memories of the experience for me.
I'll never forget the first set, after the band broke into Don't Ease as the fifth song played, thinking "WTF, five song first set? What is going on?" Then out of nowhere, the entire place is floored by the completely unexpected breakout of Unbroken Chain. I remember for years in venues all over the country, deadheads linking together the thin, flexible glowsticks in the upper level, and people saying if they ever got it to completely encircle the venue that the band would play Unbroken Chain. Well, they played it anyway...
If you read the reviews for the soundboard version, you'll get a general idea of the quality of this show. Most if not everyone will d/l for the historic element of the first UBC ever. They'll get a rousing Alabama Getaway and an above average version of So Many Roads as well in the first set, and a pretty lackluster second set. For those that complain about the quality of 94-95 shows, all I can say is I would give almost anything to see Jerry Garcia and the Grateful Dead perform a 1995 calibre show again. In retrospect, I certainly wish I had seen more of them while they were still performing, "bad shows" and all.
As for this particular recording, it is pretty good. A little hollow sounding, and I wish the vocals were more up front, but not much to be done about that. The first second or two of Alabama is clipped. Thanks again to everyone involved for making this show available for download once again.
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